SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

SEPS sessions will cover chemical propulsion safety and environmental protection issues such as space launch range safety; risk assessments of rocket propellants, explosives and pyrotechnics; environmental and health effects of propellants and explosive compounds, precursors, combustion products, wastes, etc.; packaging, storage and transportability; propellant handling and use; demilitarization, disposal, and reclamation of energetic materials; emergency management activities; explosives safety aspects of propellants and related energetic materials; and manufacturing/processing hazards of energetic materials.

The 29th Safety and Environmental Protection Subcommittee sessions will be organized into the topic areas described below. Please submit your abstract according to the interest area. Topics to highlight:

SEPS Mission Areas

Areas of interest included in the Call for Papers are:

Mission Area I: Toxicology

Co-Chairs:
Dr. David R. Mattie, Air Force Research Laboratory, 711HPW / Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Telephone:  (937) 904-9569
Email:          david.mattie@us.af.mil

Dr. Mark S. Johnson, Army Public Health Center / Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Telephone:  (410) 436-5081
Email:          mark.s.johnson@us.army.mil

Toxicology of propellants, propellant ingredients, propellant combustion products, and related subjects. Also of interest are the use of risk assessment methodologies in the management of toxic hazards and the rationale for the establishment of toxic material exposure criteria for the workplace and the environment.

Mission Area II: Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling and Hazards Assessment

Chair:
Mr. Daniel E. Strub, 30th Space Wing / Vandenberg AFB, CA
Telephone:  (805) 605-2407
Email:          daniel.strub@us.af.mil

Atmospheric dispersion modeling and hazards assessment applied to propulsion activities. Subjects of interest include modeling transport and diffusion of propellant spills including both dense and trace gases, chemically reactive species, and aerosols; wind flow and dispersion modeling in complex terrain; model validation; source modeling; ozone depletion, ground cloud dispersal, and acid rain from launch vehicles; and models for emergency response systems. Experimental or theoretical work on other atmospheric hazards such as thunderstorms, lightning, wind shear, and precipitation are also welcome.

Mission Area III: Instrumentation

Chair:
Dr. Karen L. Mumy, Naval Medical Research Unit - Dayton / Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Telephone:  (937) 904-9474
Email:          karen.mumy@us.af.mil

Instrumentation requirements, basic research, and hardware development of equipment used to measure hazardous environments. Presentations regarding work done in the measurement of hypergolic or other hazardous propellant vapors, oxygen/hydrogen propellant vapors, hydrochloric acid and other propellant combustion products, and other chemical hazards of interest to the propulsion community are sought.

Mission Area IV: Environmental

Co-Chairs:
Dr. William s. Eck, Army Public Health Center / Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Telephone:  (410) 436-7169
Email:          william.s.eck.civ@mail.mil

Dr. Karen L. Mumy, Naval Medical Research Unit - Dayton / Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Telephone:  (937) 904-9474
Email:          karen.mumy@us.af.mil

For the Spring 2017 meeting, the Environmental Mission Area is particularly interested in papers that address environmental fate and transport of insensitive munitions or proposed propellant replacements. Environmental issues that address any of the following: permitting requirements; hazardous waste treatment; water and air pollution prevention and control technologies involving energetic material production and use; waste minimization; operational ingredient reclamation or recycling in the production of energetic materials; environmental effects on flora and fauna resulting from propulsion-related activities; and impact of emerging environmental regulations on energetic materials operations.

Mission Area V: Industrial Hygiene

Co-Chairs:
Ms. Lindsey Kneten, Army Public Health Center / Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Telephone:  (410) 436-5485
Email:          lindsey.b.kneten.civ@mail.mil

CPT Kenneth Kirk, Air Force Research Laboratory, 711HPW / Wright- Patterson AFB, OH
Telephone:  (937) 904-9555
Email:          kenneth.kirk.1@us.af.mil

Industrial hygiene aspects of energetic material production, transportation, use, and disposal. Areas of interest include personal protective strategies and equipment used in manufacturing and handling operations; ingredient and product monitoring methods and experience; operational ventilation strategies and experience; hazardous materials control; hazardous waste management; substitution of less hazardous materials in industrial processes and maintenance; and hazardous materials information, including labeling and material safety data sheets.

Mission Area VI: Range Safety and Explosives Safety

Chair:
Mr. Daniel E. Strub, 30th Space Wing / Vandenberg AFB, CA
Telephone:  (805) 605-2407
Email:          daniel.strub@us.af.mil

Range safety and explosives safety issues relevant to launch range safety risk assessments and other energetic material safety problems. Papers are sought that address hazards inherent in solid and liquid propellant/explosive/ pyrotechnic (PEP) materials manufacturing, processing, handling, storage, use and disposal; liquid and solid propellant explosive hazards; air blast effects; quantity-distance criteria; shielding; and the hazards of damaged or aged propellants.

Mission Area VII: Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health of Insensitive Munitions

This Mission Area has been eliminated. Abstracts are not being sought for this topic area.


Mission Area VIII: Green Energetic Materials (GEM) Joint PEDCS - SEPS Mission Area

Co-Chairs:
Mr. Noah Lieb, Jensen Hughes / Baltimore, MD
Telephone:  (410) 737-8677
Email:          nlieb@jensenhughes.com

Dr. Jesse J. Sabatini, Army Research Laboratory / Aberdeen Proving, MD
Telephone:  (410) 278-0235
Email:          jesse.j.sabatini.civ@mail.mil

Dr. Sara K. Pliskin, Naval Surface Warfare Center / Crane, IN
Telephone:  (812) 854-3190
Email:          sara.pliskin@navy.mil

Papers are sought on the development of environmentally sustainable energetic ingredients, formulations, and processing technologies with an emphasis on the following: Reduction of impacts from energetic materials and unexploded ordnance on military ranges, manufacturing and demilitarization facilities; Enhancement of recycling, recovery, reuse and reduction of waste; and Response to specific impacts that environmental regulations have had on military readiness, such as limiting training with live ordnance, outsourcing of manufacturing overseas or explicit banning of the use of specific materials. .

Mission Area IX: Demilitarization, Reclamation, and Reuse Technologies

Co-Chairs:
Dr. Randall J. Cramer, Navy Ordnance Environmental Support Office / Indian Head, MD
Telephone:  (301) 744-5641
Email:          randall.cramer@navy.mil

Dr. Sara K. Pliskin, Naval Surface Warfare Center / Crane, IN
Telephone:  (812) 854-3190
Email:          sara.pliskin@navy.mil

Demilitarization, reclamation, and reuse technologies for propellant, explosive, and pyrotechnic (PEP) materials. Interest areas include: thermal degradation/treatment and incineration of PEP materials; chemical or mechanical separation, reclamation, and neutralization technologies; technologies that utilize sub- or super-critical fluids for reclamation or oxidation of PEP materials; biodegradation technology; reuse of energetic materials or ingredients for military and commercial applications; and regulations that address traditional disposal options, such as open burning/open detonation and static firing.

Mission Area X: Review of Accidents and Incidents

Chair:
Mr. Daniel E. Strub, 30th Space Wing / Vandenberg AFB, CA
Telephone:  (805) 605-2407
Email:          daniel.strub@us.af.mil

Review of accidents and incidents involving propellant manufacturing, storage, transportation, use, hazardous material spills, and transportation accident response. Topics of interest include lessons learned, post-accident procedures for liquid propellant spills, propellant spill response systems, spill mitigation activities, and transportation accident response computer systems.


Safety and Environmental Protection Subcommittee Chair

Dr. Mark S. Johnson, Army Public Health Center / Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Telephone:  (410) 436-5081
Email:           mark.s.johnson@us.army.mil

Safety and Environmental Protection Subcommittee Deputy Chair

Dr. David R. Mattie, Air Force Research Laboratory, 711HPW / Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Telephone:  (937) 904-9569
Email:          david.mattie@us.af.mil

JHU WSE ERG Technical Representative

Mr. William A. Bagley, JHU WSE ERG / Columbia, MD
Telephone:  (443) 718-5009
Email:          wbagley@erg.jhu.edu